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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Mark Sanchez slowly picked himself off the turf while the Miami Dolphins celebrated around him.
Six days after an embarrassing loss, the New York Jets were left trying to explain another one, falling 10-6 at a soggy New Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday.
“It was horrible,” center Nick Mangold said. “It’s not the way we envisioned, not the way we wanted.”
The frustration on the Jets sideline boiled over in the third quarter when Sal Alosi, New York’s strength and conditioning coach, tripped Miami’sNolan Carroll while the rookie was covering a punt.
Alosi could face discipline from both the team and league.
“I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment,” Alosi said in a statement a few hours after the game.
While the Dolphins (7-6) weren’t much better than the Jets on the field — in fact, they were worse on offense — they kept their playoff hopes alive by turning two early turnovers into their only points.
“We felt if we got out in front of them, it kind of takes a lot out of them,” said Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who caught the game’s only touchdown.
“We’re not going to call them front-runners, but we noticed that when you get out and score fast, hit them in the mouth fast,” he added, “they tend to be the ones getting off the ground second.”
The Jets (9-4) were coming off a 45-3 loss at New England on Monday night, and coach Rex Ryan even buried a game ball in front of his team before practice to try to put that defeat behind them.
“Hopefully they’ll bury one of our footballs, too,” Marshall said.
“I thought about it, but he’s not the only one to blame,” Ryan said. “If I thought that was the case, we’d have done it.”
Sanchez was 17 of 44 for 216 yards and one costly interception. He misfired often, and the offense never got into a rhythm.
“I can’t play like that,” he said. “I can’t be a roller coaster.”
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